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THE ONE, THE ONLY, UNIVERSAL POST

06/20/18

Ouch. We got burned at Summer League. Lost out to some newbies, 0-7. Heck, we gave them 203 pins for handicap. They’re raw beginners so there’s only one way for them to go: up. And lane conditions tonight were just dreadful. It was like they laid down a Christmas pattern on purpose, then waxed the approaches. With the high humidity, it was like bowling through porridge, and then completely dry on the back end. So if you didn’t go flying on the approach, then your ball slowed right down, and then hooked like mad at the far end. But only if you were out, far out, to the sides. Go anywhere down the middle, or try to play across the lane for spares, and just about nothing happened. So it totally favored the straight ball sliders; bowlers so new they don’t even yet roll the ball, just skid it down the lane.

Right. Next week we will do better.



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Are you ready for another layer in the never-ending BS Cake called Investigative Justice In DC? Sound and fury, endless press hysteria pro and con, millions wasted on investigations, and NOTHING WILL EVER HAPPEN. Other than one more watered down, whitewashed report.

Obama’s Fast And Furious Documents Come Out. Finally

Operation Fast and Furious featured Obama’s DOJ aiding and abetting gun smuggling into Mexico, which sent at least 2,000 firearms into the country. It was an operation, run under the leadership of the Justice Department, directly operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

When the operation came to light after a number of leaks from people who could no longer sit by and watch the terrible and ineffective practice continue, the response from the Obama administration, one of the least transparent administrations in history, was to stonewall investigators.

AG Holder refused to turn over documents concerning who actually approved the program. In fact, according to Amanda Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the House Oversight Committee, the committee fought for six years for additional documents about the program.

Finally, on Monday, they received approval to see the documents they had been looking for years, in a settlement with the new Donald Trump DOJ.

Isn’t this what Holder was found in contempt for? Dude, comply. You are NOT above the law. No matter who is President. You get 30 days to hand over the paperwork. No docs, then slap him with contempt and march his tail to jail. 2 weeks. Now another 30 days to hand over the docs. No docs then? Take him out and shoot him. Right in front of Congress, State, and DOJ. Then seize every asset, every document, every everything. Turn his family out on the street. Tough shit. You want to work at the highest levels of government? Then you pledge your life, liberty, fortune, and sacred honor. Just like those dead white guys who signed the Declaration. That’s the deal. And it gets enforced. Ignore and flaunt the rules at your peril. I’ve had my fill of this happy horse crap.


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There are many lingering questions about the program, and why it was ever allowed to exist in the first place.
I am so sick of this. Every damn day there’s another fat handful of crime stories. Rape, murder, robbery. All committed by the same element. Doesn’t matter if they have tons of money, or came from money, or have no money. Damnation, I do not want to believe that it’s in their very nature, but it’s really hard to think otherwise.

•   Low money, low education TNB: Shoots Statesville, NC cop in the back. For no reason at all.


•   Big money, college grad in theory: Former NFL Player Kellen Winslow Jr. Allegedly Kidnapped and Raped Multiple Women.


•   From big money, college grad in theory: Three-time Super Bowl winner Erik Williams’ son charged with double-murder.


And those are just the ones in the top headlines. I didn’t bother to try to look them up.

But to be fair, the muzzies aren’t far behind: UK: Man with three wives ‘beat and raped woman’ while studying PhD .


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06/19/18

Guess That Gun Control Stuff Really Works. NOT.
Feds Seize 553 Guns From Felon’s Houses In Cali

Authorities have seized more than 550 guns at two Southern California homes and made one arrest after getting a tip that a convicted felon was storing an arsenal.

Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and state and federal investigators raided his Agua Dulce home.

Officials Monday say the searchers found 432 rifles and handguns, then returned later and found 91 more hidden weapons.

Finally, 30 guns were seized at another home believed linked to an associate of Fernandez who hasn’t returned to the home.

“Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect,” the sheriff’s department said in its release.

Fernandez was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and illegally possessing an assault rifle and large-capacity magazines.

But he was only a collector, not an illegal arms merchant. Just a hobby. A hobby any felon could do, right??

Laws? We don need no steenkin laws!!


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06/18/18

Once again, WELL NO KIDDING.

FBI To Investigate San Juan Mayor For Corruption

The mayor of Puerto Rico who shot to international fame after criticizing President Trump for not doing enough to help Hurricane Maria victims is being investigated by the FBI on corruption charges, according to multiple news outlets.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz and her administration are under fire for allegedly obstructing critical supplies from reaching victims of the category-4 hurricane that leveled much of the tiny U.S. territory nearly nine months ago.

The FBI reportedly launched the investigation following a February lawsuit filed by Yadira Molina, the former director of procurement. Molina claims she was retaliated against for reporting “alleged irregular acts” to the local comptroller.

“On February 21, Molina sued the city council after reporting alleged acts of corruption in the shopping division in the town hall under the administration of Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto,” according to El Vocero de Puerto Rico.

The report says Molina claims she was punished for reporting on the allegedly rigged system and that she was blocked from her right “to report wrongdoing in her capacity as a private citizen, not as a public employee.”

Shortly after Cruz became mayor, Molina claims a supply company was granted “preferred supplier” status which paid them more than three times what regular suppliers made. She also alleges that other city officials engaged in a corrupt scheme to steer business the preferred supplier’s way.

Concerns about Cruz are not new. There has been a growing backlash from frustrated residents who say they feel forgotten and say the mayor’s personal political ambitions are coming at the expense of the very people she’s supposed to be representing.

For example, at a time when residents needed food, water and shelter, Cruz hired extra photographers to follow her around post-storm.

What’s with you Feebie foot draggers? This should have been done 8 months ago. It’s not like you’re out there catching real terrorists or stopping real crimes or anything. Buncha political showboaters. It’s not like they’ll ever file any actual charges. Just your daily poli-theater.


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TNB:  Can’t see the forest for the trees black walnuts for the shrubbery

Trenton Arts Fair Mass Shooting: NJ governor sees guns, not shooter’s early prison release, as the problem

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy responded to Sunday’s deadly shooting at a Trenton arts festival by calling for new controls on guns. But a suspect’s gang membership—and early release from prison after Murphy took office—may have been bigger factors in an incident that left one person dead and 22 wounded.

Meanwhile, Murphy—a first-term Democrat in his first elected office—supports shorter sentences for offenders and cuts in prisoner rehabilitation programs.

Officials have two people in custody after a shooting at an arts festival in New Jersey; Bryan Llenas shares latest details.

The suspect, identified as Tahaji Wells, 33, opened fire before 3 a.m. at the Art All Night festival in New Jersey’s capital city, in what appears to have been a gang-related dispute. Wells was reportedly killed by police, and 17 of the 22 people injured reportedly suffered gunshot wounds.

A second suspect, identified as Amir Armstrong, 23, remained hospitalized in stable condition and was facing a weapons charge, while a third suspect was in critical condition.

Less than 24 hours after the gunfire, Murphy—a former Goldman Sachs banker who served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Germany—began calling for gun control without addressing the other circumstances involved in the crime.

“It’s yet another reminder of the senseless gun violence, even having signed six stringent gun laws last week,” Murphy said at a news conference Sunday following a service at Trenton’s Galilee Baptist Church.

There was a big shooting yesterday in Trenton.  22 people were shot and 1 killed when a fight broke out at late at night at a 24 hour art exhibit. So you know who the perps were, right away: 22 shot, only 1 killed. Smells like TNB, because dem homies can’t shoot for shit. And gosh, one was a gang banger. No kidding. But he shouldn’t have been released from jail so early! Well, duh. And he shouldn’t have had a gun, period. Double duh. So let’s blame the justice system, let’s blame the guns (guns was NJ governor “Red” Murphy’s excuse yesterday too). But let’s NEVER blame the 8,500lb gorilla in the room: black people. Specifically, those who have chosen to have no self control, no respect for anyone or anything, chosen to be extremely violent, to overreact to everything, and to destroy the world a piece at a time just from their very presence. Niggers. Ferals. In this case, two black izzys. Tahaji? Amir? give me a break. Prison converted urban towel heads, with that ghettotastic “we wuz kangs” thing going ( Amir = emir = king ). Gosh, does that make me a raycis?? Maybe so, if being a realist and being forthright is a big PC faux pas these days. Which it is. But it’s the truth, no matter how hard people want to hide it. And not all the candlelight vigils, midnight basketball programs, increased social spending, government handouts, or freight trains full of money thrown at the school systems are going to change a thing. Because being a feral is a decision, and each and everyone of these animals has made that decision by their own free will.

But it turns out that Wells had been released from prison in February, despite receiving an 18-year state prison sentence in 2004 on an aggravated manslaughter conviction in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man, NJ.com reported.

And in 2010, while still in prison, Wells was sentenced to six additional years after pleading guilty to a second-degree racketeering charge. He reportedly helped a gang leader run the group from inside prison.

So despite two lengthy sentences that should have left Wells serving time behind bars into the 2020s, he was back on the streets and able to commit Sunday’s crime.

Murphy has decried the sentencing and incarceration of people throughout his campaign and time in office as part of his criminal justice reform agenda, which includes a review of sentencing laws in the state.

Maybe a swift and certain application of the death penalty would have been the better answer. He’s already a killer, a thug, and a gang member. So let him out 10 years early? No, I don’t think so. Bring back the gas chamber. Immediate review of the trial; if there weren’t any obvious judicial improprieties, and if there was any prohibited exculpatory evidence, then throw the switch. Ok, I’ll be fair: 1 year in jail waiting period just in case some magic evidence shows up and a retrial becomes necessary. But if not, then smoke him. No appeals, since it was already determined that fair play went on in the courtroom. Done. And think of how much money it would save the taxpayers.


LINK to the original story about the shooting.


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Where Is Drew These Days??

1) Burnt out on the news again. After the weak kneed IG report released the other day, I just threw my hands up. Not even tempest in a teapot. Expect nothing to happen, ever. This was pretty much my last straw. I’m exhausted by the whole endless do-nothing thing. I would have thrown these crooks and traitors into jail 14 months ago.It will never, ever happen.

2) Between the party ( done ), the wedding ( this coming weekend ), and my jobs, I just haven’t made much time for it. Make hay while the sun doesn’t shine - I’ve got a lot of outdoor work to do, and I’d rather do it before it gets really really hot.

3) I’ve installed a video game on my Android phone and have been playing it. It’s not that challenging or graphic, but I’ve haven’t had a computer game to play in ages, except for FreeCell. It’a not that I feel I’m owed, it’s just that I’ve run out of books to read at the shack and that free radio I got a few months back died after just a couple weeks. And it’s so boring up there, even worse now that school is out.


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Acts of malignant desperation?

Manafort: Life In Prison If He Doesn’t Flip On Trump

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said on Friday that Paul Manafort may never again “see the outside of a jail cell” after his house arrest arrangement was revoked on Friday.

President Trump’s former campaign chairman appeared in court after special counsel Robert Mueller asked a judge to revoke his pretrial release conditions, accusing him of attempting to tamper with potential witnesses.

During the hearing, the judge revoked Manafort’s bail and ordered him to jail. 

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said on Friday that Paul Manafort may never again “see the outside of a jail cell” after his house arrest arrangement was revoked on Friday.

President Trump’s former campaign chairman appeared in court after special counsel Robert Mueller asked a judge to revoke his pretrial release conditions, accusing him of attempting to tamper with potential witnesses.

During the hearing, the judge revoked Manafort’s bail and ordered him to jail.

“Just to put this in historical perspective, what broke the Watergate case was when James McCord got a 25-year sentence,” Akerman said when asked about the hearing while appearing on MSNBC’s “Velshi & Ruhle.” “He was one of the Watergate burglars. He got a 25-year sentence. He was sitting in jail because that’s what made him crack and cooperate.”

But Akerman noted that Manafort, who is 69 years old, could soon be facing life in jail.

“And here it could be even worse,” Akerman said. “It could be the beginning of a life sentence. Paul Manafort, if he does not cooperate, may never ever see the outside of a jail cell.”

Mueller filed a superseding indictment against Manafort earlier, accusing him of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Manafort is scheduled to go to trial in September over charges including tax evasion, bank fraud, money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

This is the guy whose house was raided in the middle of the night to seize documents, even when he was happily cooperating with the government investigators. Pretty damn heavy handed bullshit IMO. Buncha Stasi. And this is what passes for justice? If Manafort is found innocent, or even guilty to a very minor degree, then the thugs involved in this ought to be penalized. Seriously, this jack-booted 3AM stuff has to stop, and the only way to make that happen is to punish the daylights out of the perpetrators. Because, WTH, passing a law against it (something like the Fifth Amendment?) isn’t going to do any good. Some folks are above the law. Which is in itself unconstitutional, but who’s counting?


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06/15/18

No blogging from me for a couple of days now. I got a lot of varnishing done the past 2 days, made a bunch of extra money, and accidentally terrorized my first snowflake. The boy, a whole year out of high school, whom I had seen and sometimes talked to a bit at the bus stop for 2 years, panicked when he saw me outside his unit wielding a fully automatic high capacity assault paint brush. Holy cats. Leaped back behind the storm door, slammed it closed and threw the deadbolt and then the deadbolt. I called out that I work there and that all the hand rails were getting a coat of varnish. “mm, Ok” he says from behind the sidelight window. Probably had to go have a juice box in his safe room and then get some counseling. Good grief.

So tomorrow is the Big Event, the party. She’s been going nuts about it for weeks now, probably putting in more planning and effort than it took to invade Normandy on D-day. Double good grief. Guess I’d better try on all the new clothes I had to buy, and get them through the wash in the morning.
It’s pretty much a given that this will eat up my entire day, from early morning laundry and ironing to driving an hour to get out there, an hour back, and then who knows how many hours of being at the restaurant. Too much. Nobody ever put 1/50th that much effort into any party ever thrown for me. Come to think of it, the last party thrown for me was my 9th birthday I think. Which had to be canceled because I got sick?


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06/13/18

Very strange night at summer bowling league. I did well in the first game, when it was warm and very humid outside. Then the temperature started dropping as some cool dry air moved in. The lanes turned to glue. We won the first game handily, and took the second one by a bit, so that we were up 63 pins total at that point. Then the other team started bowling great, while we went right down the tubes. They took the third game, and took wood by 10. So we split the night 4-3. We are in first place, after 2 whole weeks, big deal, and were playing the 2nd place team who was down by 4. Now they’re down by 5. Hope we have some sun tomorrow so I can solar bake my ball to get some of the oil out. Dammit, I couldn’t make the ball do a thing tonight, though I was not alone in that. Lane conditions just went to heck, and everybody was leaving awful splits and throwing gutter balls. And here I thought that HVAC was supposed to maintain stable temperature and humidity levels. Not.


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Looks like I have to race the raindrops this morning with the railing varnishing project. So no time to blog right now, got to get out there ASAP.

90 minutes later ... And the rain wins! Still, I managed to get the Wet Varnish signs off of 6 of them, put a final coat on 2 more, and sanded down a third one and got the first coat on it. An hour is an hour, and that pays for lunch.


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06/12/18

… and never is heard, a discouraging an encouraging word ...

and the MSM sucks all day

President Trump’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un could be the first step to the Hermit Kingdom dismantling its country’s nuclear program – but Bitter Bettys throughout the mainstream media found ways to slam the event.

CNN global affairs analyst Max Boot chalked up the meeting as something that “any previous president could have done,” while MSNBC regular Jon Meacham claimed “just because something hasn’t happened before, doesn’t mean it’s historic.”

Trump left Singapore after the two leaders signed a document stating Pyongyang would work toward “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” But CNN and MSNBC decided to harp on things like the food that was served and flag placement.

CNN took a break from its usual habit of criticizing the president for consuming too much soda and fast food to allege that the summit’s menu was too upscale. Samantha Vinograd, the network’s national security analyst, proclaimed that the United States legitimized Kim by releasing the details of the food served during a working lunch. Vinograd said the menu puts Kim on “equal footing with other world leaders, which is what he wants,” before downplaying the working lunch as “perfunctory.”

“If [White House Press Secretary] Sarah Sanders is in the room… they are not diving into the kind of classified details that are going to lead to the substance,” Vinograd said.

“CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon made sure to add that the meal served to Kim and Trump sounded “very expensive.”

Political analyst Jonathan Wachtel, who was in-studio to cover the summit for CNN, then essentially stated that Trump and Kim should not have been served a decent meal.

I guess these folks all had sour grapes for lunch.  Know what would be ripe? For President Trump to quote back movie lines from the Left’s latest hero, garbage mouth Robert De Niro, from the Untouchables: “Is that all you got? You got nuttin’!”


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The world turned upside down. And inside out.

Iran To Kim: Don’t Trust Trump

Iran warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday against trusting U.S. President Donald Trump, saying he could cancel their denuclearization agreement within hours.

Tehran cited its own experience in offering the advice to Kim a month after Washington withdrew from a similar deal with Iran.

Trump and Kim pledged at a meeting in Singapore on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.

“We don’t know what type of person the North Korean leader is negotiating with. It is not clear that he would not cancel the agreement before returning home,” Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht was quoted as saying by IRNA new agency.

The hypocrisy is so thick you couldn’t cut it with a chainsaw.


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President Donald Trump said Tuesday he believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will move immediately on steps toward denuclearization and that the process is moving rapidly, according to an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

“I just think that we are now going to start the process of denuclearization of North Korea. I believe that he’s going back and will start it virtually immediately,” Trump said in excerpts of the interview broadcast on Fox after the U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore. “And he’s already indicated that.”

“It’s a process and it’s really moving rapidly,” he added.

An emotional [ retired NBA great Dennis ] Rodman blasted Obama for ignoring his attempts to broker a dialogue between him and Kim Jong Un, who had asked Rodman to relay a message to the former president five years ago. “Obama didn’t even give me the time of day,” Rodman recalled. “He just brushed me off.”

In contrast, Rodman said President Trump called him recently through a secretary to tell him he’s very proud of him for his efforts. (Note to liberal media: The president you repeatedly called “racist” is being praised by a black man for brokering peace between two Asian countries that have been at war for 70 years.)

Rodman has visited North Korea several times at the request of Kim Jong Un, a huge basketball fan who reveres the former Chicago Bull. Those visits spawned an unlikely friendship between the diminutive dictator and the 6-foot-7 retired power forward.

Rodman called the historic North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore this week a hopeful start to fostering world peace through North Korea’s denuclearization.

“We don’t need a miracle, but we need the doors to be open so we can start fresh,” Rodman said. “Donald Trump should take a lot of credit for this. He went out of the box and made this happen.”

Already, the mainstream media is trying to marginalize President Trump’s achievements with the North Korea summit. But make no mistake: We have just witnessed history in the making.


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This smells like a con. “Human rights” groups putting the muscle on Italy and Malta, to take in more hordes of illiterate unskilled North African islamics.

UN: Malta Must Take “Stranded” Immigrants

Italy: GFY, Send Them To Spain or France

Fwance: Italy is unfaaaair, we’re triggered!!!

Spain Al Andalus: We Surrendered To The Moors 16 Years Ago. Send Them To Us.

The UN refugee agency on Monday called on Italy and Malta to immediately allow a boat carrying hundreds of migrants to dock, describing the situation as “an urgent humanitarian imperative.”

Some 629 people, including pregnant women and scores of children, were saved by SOS Mediterranean Saturday and are stuck aboard the French NGO’s ship Aquarius, which is currently between Malta and Sicily waiting for a secure port.
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Malta on Sunday reiterated its refusal to accept the ship, ignoring calls from Rome.

Italy prepared to send hundreds of migrants to Spain in a small naval convoy on Tuesday after shutting its own ports to them, as France accused the new Italian government of cynicism and irresponsibility.

The French rebuke highlights the tensions within the European Union over how to tackle a years-old migration crisis, with Italy’s anti-establishment coalition promising to tear up much-discredited asylum rules.

Some 629 migrants, including 11 children and seven pregnant women, have been afloat in the central Mediterranean aboard the Aquarius rescue ship since Sunday, when both Italy and Malta refused to let them dock.

Spain unexpectedly offered on Monday to take in the group of mainly sub-Saharan Africans, who were picked up off the Libyan coast over the weekend. But the Aquarius is heavily overcrowded, making the four-day trip to Spain particularly perilous.
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French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the block on the Aquarius, saying under international law Italy should have taken the migrants in.

“There is a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility in the Italian government’s behavior with regards to his dramatic humanitarian situation,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux quoted Macron as telling his cabinet.
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Italy has taken in more than 640,000 mainly African migrants over the past five years. Other EU states have largely ignored pleas by Rome to persuade them to take some of the newcomers and share the cost of their care, heightening anti-European and anti-migrant sentiment in the Italy.

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s new interior minister and head of the far-right League, has said his move this week is aimed at forcing other European states to help pick up the strain.

This is an invasion. Period. Not necessarily a military one, or a religious one, but an invasion nonetheless. The schwoogs are taking over Europe. NO. Golly, your country in Africa sucks rocks? Fix it yourselves, on your own dime. Want to watch the dark tide stop overnight? Every country in the EU should cancel afro-jizzlam immigrant benefits immediately. You don’t even get water, much less fancy housing and free cars.


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Naughty Naughty Germans. Again!!

Mercedes Benz: The Next “Dieselgate”

Daimler’s diesel nightmare continues. After the manufacturer was ordered by Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to recall the Mercedes Vito examples powered by a 1.6-liter diesel engine, it is now reported KBA has discovered no less than five defeat devices in Daimler engines.

The information comes from Bild am Sonntag newspaper and was brought to our attention by Automotive News. The report claims that, during KBA’s investigation, five “illegal switch-off devices” have been discovered in the bulk of the automaker’s Euro 6 diesel motors, encompassing at least one million vehicles in total. A spokesman for Daimler was not willing to discuss the report.
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KBA believes Daimler’s Euro 6 diesels are emitting polluting gases in excess of what the regulations say and the exhaust systems of those cars are featuring manipulating control software. The firm’s compression ignition engines use urea nitrate liquids to naturalize nitrogen oxide emissions in exhaust fumes.

Mercedes-Benz is currently recalling the 1.6-liter diesel Vito models in Germany to tweak their software and update the vans’ emission control systems. However, the company is appealing against KBA’s decision as it doesn’t want the authority to classify the software as illegal. Another recall for diesel-powered C-Class and G-Class models now seems inevitable, and it could affect more than 600,000 cars.

Dailmer is also facing a hefty fine from the German Transport Ministry. If found guilty for using illegal software, the manufacturer will have pay about $5,835 fine per car. With more than 750,000 affected vehicles so far, doing the math means the brand with the three-pointed star logo will be fined at least $4.4 billion.

I’d really like to see the emissions specs these vehicles are held to, and what the standards were 5, 10, 20 years ago. Are they completely unrealistic? Are they some kind of Obama / Greenie / peace, love, and granola statist hippie fantasy? Come on, MB is already using an emissions system with boiled horse piss urea injection, and the refineries have been making the fuel with much lower sulphur content.  Not to mention all the precision computer controls and turbos and stuff. It can’t be made much better than this. But somehow it isn’t good enough?

OTOH, I’m thinking that this whole thing might be a major shakedown against successful capitalist industries. VW/Audi was making perfectly fine diesel cars that people loved, and look how many billions they got fined for. Still, it was wrong for them to cheat. But if the standards were impossible to meet at any kind of reasonable price, and they couldn’t renegotiate them, then what choice did they have? Standards put in place by an anti-diesel government are designed not to ensure cleaner air, but to shut the industry down. Kind of like Clinton’s AWB; this is not a new tune for the Leftists to sing.


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06/11/18

Pregnant men, raincoat with 6 sleeves, and worse: Fashion has lost it’s mind

An imagined male pregnancy, flower necklaces and melting ice caps were some of the more striking images at London Men’s Fashion Week, which wrapped up on Monday.

Chinese designer Xander Zhou’s collection featured a male model with a fake bump on show, wearing jeans and a white t-shirt reading “New World Baby”.

“We’re prepared to welcome a future of male pregnancy,” the designer said in an Instagram post.

Zhou’s show also featured one of the more improbable-looking designs of all the collections—an elaborate raincoat with six sleeves arranged in a star formation.
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Edward Crutchley’s collection was inspired by “contemporary mythology” featuring prints by French artist Lucien Murat of a post-apocalyptic world of deformed creatures.

The collection also had a strong Japanese theme, including a partnership with a kimono printing company from Kyoto.

Christopher Raeburn, a specialist in environmentally conscious fashion, used NASA images showing melting ice caps to create a modern and socially engaged collection entitled “REACT NOW”.
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The highly-anticipated show by “Man”—a kind of fashion incubator which has helped many of the current generation of British designers—presented a gender-fluid collection.

Male models wearing evening dresses, mini-skirts or opting to go bare-chested featured heavily.

A heavily-applauded design saw transsexual model Munroe Bergdorf strut the catwalk dressed only in a pair of black boots and a long, torn t-shirt with the words “High concept character”.

Freak show.

What was it P.T. Barnum said? “There’s a sucker born every minute.”


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Good Grief. Tell Me That Suicide Isn’t “Trending”?

Last couple of weeks, designer Kate Spade, chef/adventurer/reporter Anthony Bourdain. Yesterday, actor/musician Jackson Odell, only 20. Today, Bollywood actress Jiah Khan.

Different people, vastly different circumstances. But there sure seems to be a lot of this going on lately.


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06/10/18

You betcha, don’t lose sight that NorK’s Kim Jong Un is one sick sadistic tyrant.

It would be just an awful terrible un-good shame is some Iranian backed terrorists blew him up on the flight home after the conference, as revenge for negotiating with the Great Satan. And we had no idea that they had space lasers!!

Interesting thought: If little Whoa, Fat and his snake-souled sister get the big bug zapper, there is exactly nobody in North Korea ready to take over. There are no Number Twos. Kimmie killed them all.


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TNB: playing the ghetto lottery

Kid gets off the school bus at the wrong stop. Mom freaks. School “won’t cooperate”. Riiight. Now the kid is “permanently traumatized”. Riiiight. So baby mama is suing for $7 million.

Same story, another source.

It’s all BS. But lawyers are greedy, and the odds are pretty good this one will score something. And there’s never any kind of penalty for a nuisance suit, just like there’s no penalty for making false accusations. That’s a pity.

I like the case 2 weeks ago where the family sued the cops for wrongful death and won. They asked for millions. They got FOUR DOLLARS. But the judge reduced the award to just FOUR CENTS.


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Yeah, it’s sort of a bridge post.

Geert Wilders: Tommies, Set Tommy Free!

Massive crowds turned out in London on Saturday to rally for free speech and hear Dutch firebrand Geert Wilders demand the release of Tommy Robinson from prison.

“It’s so good to see so many of you here today, you are all heroes for being here today,” said the Freedom Party leader, an outspoken critic of radical Islam who rose to second place in the Dutch national elections last year.

Wilders told the crowd he had come to Britain to tell Robinson’s supporters they “will never walk alone” and to “tell the world, and the UK government in particular: Free Tommy Robinson!”

“At this very moment, thousands of people all over the world are demonstrating in front of British embassies, from LA to Sydney, and over half a million people have already signed the petition for Tommy,” he told the crowd.

“And all with the one important message: Free Tommy!
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“Listen to us Theresa May, listen to us Sajid Javid, listen to us Sadiq Khan,” he continued, each name provoking passionate boos. “Listen to us, all you in power: we want the release of Tommy Robinson!

“Tommy Robinson is the greatest freedom fighter of Britain today. Tommy Robinson is a freedom fighter. He says what no-one dares to say. He has guts. He has courage.

“And that is more than we can say for all those people that govern us. Because our governors sold us out with mass immigration, with Islamisation, with open borders. We are almost foreigners in our own land,” he declared.

“And if we complain about it, they call us racists or Islamophobes — but I say, no more. And what do you say?” Wilders asked the assembled crowds.

“No more!” they shouted back.

“That’s right. Enough is enough. We will not be gagged anymore. No more tyranny. “My friends, 75 years ago, your fathers and grandfathers liberated my country from tyranny,” he continued.

“My country, the Netherlands, is a free country today, because the British brave boys and men, people like you, liberated us. “And do you know how we used to call these British soldiers? We called them Tommies!” he exclaimed.

“But today your government has put a Tommy in jail. Freedom is behind bars. Tommy is behind bars.  “And that is totally unacceptable, and that is why we say: Set him free!” Wilders shouted.

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Thousands of Tommy Robinson supporters have clashed with police this afternoon during a protest calling for the English Defence League founder to be freed.

Supporters gathered in huge numbers in the capital, chanting ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ just a few miles away from where the Royal Family had gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after celebrating Trooping the Colour just hours before.

Footage on social media shows police being significantly outnumbered by demonstrators, who were seen hurling missiles and smoke bombs at them. Roads around Trafalgar Square were blocked off and rows of riot police are guarding the road down the Mall leading to the palace.

The protest is the latest in what appears to be a bid to secure the former EDL leader’s release from jail.  Robinson was jailed for 13 months after he used social media to broadcast details of a trial which is subject to blanket reporting restrictions.

He pleaded guilty to contempt of court and breaching the terms of a suspended sentence he was handed last May for a similar offence.

But let’s get the story a little straighter. He was outside of a courthouse, videoing the perp walk of a muslim grooming gang going in to trial for multiple rape, kidnapping, and sexual slavery charges. But there is no free press nor free speech in the UK anymore, so a magistrate slapped a gag order on the perss for the whole trial. It’s being done in secret. Tommy Robinson was out on the sidewalk, recording what was going on in public. He was rounded up, charged with disturbing the peace (and perhaps later for contempt of court) and within a matter of an hour or two was sent off to Hull prison, the worst jail in all of England, for 13 months. The place is full of terrorists, foreign gang members, and killers; it’s likely that Tommy Robinson - an outspoken critic of islam and the blanket islamic and african bulk immigrations into the UK - will not survive for long in the general prison population. The charges seem rather trumped up, seeing that recording the perps going to trial is what any journalist would do. I don’t know if the gag order was issued before or after his arrest, but his previous “offence” was some of that nonsense “hate speech” that the UK tyrants are using to make sure certain protected and preferred groups never have a word said against them. Pretty much the same way that the UK police, school system, local and nation governments knew all about the pisslamic grooming rape gangs FOR YEARS and turned a blind eye to it. No, they did more than just turn a blind eye. They countenanced it with their imposed silence, ignoring the victims and those who sought justice on their behalf, even going so far as to arrest and jail people ( like the folks in the other England-for-the-English group Britain First ) for “hate speech” for speaking out about this horrible practice, while TENS OF THOUSANDS of English girls were abused by these animals. The UK government is the enemy of their own people these days, using the jackboots and truncheons to silence the masses and put them in their socialist, submissive, place. Not only the metaphorical ones either. I’m amazed that there hasn’t been a full scale bloody revolution.

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However, at another protest nearby .... [ “and now for something completely different” ]

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum Protest

thousands of Tommy Robinson supporters gathered in London, protesting against the jailing of the English Defence League founder.

The far-right rally turned violent, with protesters hurling missiles and smoke-bombs at police. But just down the road, something more entertaining was taking place.

Hundreds of cyclists shed their clothes and took part in the World Naked Bike Ride, in an annual protest aimed at celebrating the human body and campaigning against the use of cars.

Though happening at the same time, both protests were at separate ends of the city.

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A different kind of “trooping of the colours”?



They have merged. I am in hell. pic.twitter.com/rZypKF6Zph — Calgie (@christiancalgie) June 9, 2018
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Christian, who took the picture as he was crossing Westminster Bridge, told Metro.co.uk: ‘The idea that these socially conservative protesters had caught up in the naked cycle ride was very amusing.’

Tada, Westminster Bridge in the picture, so it’s a bridge post too. Oh, and just in case you forgot, London (where all this happened) has a fundamentalist muslim Mayor who favors Sharia and all those No-Go zones. It’s pathetic.


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Chimp Out, New Jersey Style

Ferals use Facebook to plan giant fight at Hamilton NJ mall. Cops manage to arrest only half a dozen

This wasn’t in protest of anything, it was just something to do. And the place is air conditioned you know. Plus free stuff if you’re quick enough!

The Hamilton Mall closed early after a large fight broke out Saturday night.
There were dozens of teens involved in the melee that started in the food court, witnesses said.
“A huge fight it was insane,” said John Snyder, who went live on Facebook from outside the mall after he and his family got out.
He estimated 100 to 200 were involved.
“Kids were running from everywhere,” Snyder told BreakingAC. “Stores were hurrying to close their doors.”
Christine Vint Miller was inside when she saw panic.
“Every cage went down for every store and security guards were telling me that I was going in the wrong direction, and they were visibly scared,” she wrote in a Facebook post that she shared with BreakingAC.

Yeah, dozens. 20 dozen or so. But let’s downplay this massive flashmob riot. And don’t anyone mention the common factor shared by nearly everyone involved.

HAMILTON (Atlantic) — More teens have been charged in the June 2 melee at Hamilton Mall, where groups of 200 teenagers brawled and then threw food and chairs at police.

Police on Friday charged two 15-year-old boys from Atlantic City and this township’s Mays Landing section with disorderly conduct, participating in a riot, and criminal mischief.

Police also filed riot charges against the five teens and two adults arrested Saturday evening.

Police said they would continue to identify people involved in the violent chaos as Police Chief Stacy Tappeiner scolded parents for their children’s antics, which resulted in a police supervisor being injured.

“The incident at the Hamilton Mall on June 2nd involving unsupervised teenagers was a situation that is unacceptable in our community. Law abiding store owners, store employees, families, and security personnel were all put at risk by teenagers engaged in criminal conduct,” Tappeiner said Friday in a written statement.
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The brawl at the mall followed another fight reported at Primrose Court, a housing development across the highway from the mall. Police said the fights were related.
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Tammy Tozier, of Cape May Court House, a witness to the Saturday night incident, said she will not return to the mall anytime soon, especially since police said they knew a fight on the mall had been publicized on Facebook.

Hamilton police said several smaller fights broke out throughout the day but they had quickly been contained.

Riight, let’s blame the parents. Because these “children” were out and about, unsupervised. And ignore the real problem entirely. Absolute TNB.

PS - the Hamilton Mall isn’t in Hamilton, which is a suburb of Trenton. It’s in Mays Landing, which is “down the shore”, a dozen miles inland from Atlantic City. But it is in Hamilton Township. New Jersey can be rather confusing sometimes. Seriously. I live in Union Township but it says Clinton on the address. Clinton is not in Union Township. Neither is Clinton in Clinton Township, which is right next door. Nobody understands it, but that’s just how things are.


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Oh Deer

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Get away from my tomatoes yew bastidge !!

This doe-py doe is the one I call Longtail. She isn’t tame, but she’s pretty acclimated to people. I can be out grilling on the patio and she’ll be grazing along the edge of our frickin’ jungle not 10 feet away from me, even if I’m moving around or talking.

It’s tough to get a digital camera to focus through a glass window and a screen.


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Jodie Foster: Only Robots Should Own Guns

( no discussion about how a robot could actually “own” anything )

Hollywood actress Jodie Foster said she would be “much more comfortable having robots” own a gun than an emotional human doing so.

“I mean, I’d be much more comfortable having robots have them, but we are designed to have emotions that overflow and that are not guided by our heads,” the Hannibal star said in a recent interview with Indie Wire.

“To have sentient beings that are completely and entirely guided by their emotions have the power to administer life or death using one kilowatt of energy in a nanosecond is just unfathomable with me,” Foster added.

Foster is promoting her latest movie, Hotel Artemis, in which she plays a nurse who treats a gun shot victim who was shot in a gun-free zone — the kinds of places that have 100 percent gun control and are magnets for mass public attackers. The IMBD parental guide for the star-studded crime thriller says the film show “guns, most of which were apparently ‘printed’ at Hotel Artemis, [that] are brandished and fired,” brutal axe attacks, people “slaughtered” with a scalpel, and others killed by being injected with medicine intended for elephants.

The two-time Oscar winner began her public advocacy for gun control after starring in the 2007 drama The Brave One, a movie in which Foster’s character acquires a handgun for defense of herself and as a means of getting revenge against the men who killed her husband.

Foster called for more gun control, ironically, as she starred in the role, telling More magazine at the time, “Isn’t it possible that we all have that bit of insanity in us? That’s why I’m for gun control.”

The hypocrisy is strong in this one. Maybe she thinks RoboCop was real, and that the psychotic people controlling the bad robot was just a programming error? Seriously, because until we come up with fully autonomous AI, and enact Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, there’s always going to be a human operator somewhere behind the scenes. And let’s just ask any kid how tough it is to pull the trigger in a video game. Or a drone pilot to push the button from 2000 miles away. Or a bombardier to drop ‘em from 50,000 feet. It’s that kind of disconnect that actually makes it easier to do violence to other people. At a remote level they lose their humanity and become mere targets.

Also, Ms. Foster has some odd ideas about the power of projectiles. A Watt is an amount of energy equal to 1 Joule per second. A kilowatt per nanosecond. A nanosecond is a billionth of a second. So she’s talking about a billion watts; a gigawatt. Or a gigajoule; same thing. This is the kind of power that really large power stations can deliver; since the thing about guns is the bullets, and the thing about bullets is entirely kinetic energy, a gigawatt in bullet terms is a 2,000kg projectile moving at 1,000m/s. Which is an artillery shell twice the mass of the largest ones fired by a WWII battleship moving far faster than any muzzle velocity they ever achieved. Which kind of explains why in the movies, when the bad guy gets shot by a little pistol, he goes flying backwards 20 feet as if God golfed him with a 9 Iron. A typical pistol bullet weighs 8 grams and is launched at about 500 m/s, generating 1000 Joules. Jodie Foster is a Yale graduate. You would think her off the cuff physics would be better than a error of SIX orders of magnitude.


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Gee, no. Really? I am sooo shocked. NOT.
It’s not like the Clintons have been doing this for decades or anything.

Another Clinton Scheme For Improper Campaign Contributions?

As many as 40 state-level Democratic parties may have been involved in a scheme to funnel as much as $84 million to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, a campaign finance lawyer contends.

Dan Backer, an attorney based in Virginia, has filed a lawsuit alleging that a plan was in place to circumvent campaign contribution limits set by the federal government, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“You had individuals giving $300,000,” Backer told the newspaper Friday. “They’re not doing it because they care about Nevada’s or Arkansas’ state party. They’re doing it to curry favor with and buy influence with Hillary Clinton.”

Nevada’s Democratic Party may become the latest pulled into a federal lawsuit that Backer has filed, the paper reported. Backer represents the Committee to Defend the President, a pro-Donald Trump political action committee that initially lodged a complaint in December with the Federal Election Commission, the report says.

Backer told the paper he filed his lawsuit because the FEC failed to meet a deadline for taking action.

What?? Another branch of the federal government that slow walked an information request that might be damaging to the Clintons or the Dems? Oh, say it ain’t so!!


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06/08/18

And another one. The other day is was fashion designer Kate Spade. And now today,

TV Foodie Anthony Bourdain Suicide

Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61.

CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.

Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

Bourdain told People in February he felt “some responsibility” to “at least try to live” after welcoming daughter, Ariane, now 11, with ex-wife Ottavia Busia in 2007.

“I also do feel I have things to live for,” Bourdain said.

The food writer revealed he had contemplated suicide several times.

“There have been times, honestly, in my life that I figured, ‘I’ve had a good run — why not just do this stupid thing, this selfish thing… jump off a cliff into water of indeterminate depth,’” Bourdain told the magazine.

Bourdain hung himself with his bathrobe belt. Kate Spade hung herself with a designer silk scarf. Robin Williams hung himself. So did David Carradine.

I really don’t understand and I don’t want to rush to judgement. I used to watch his travel food show years ago, which was interesting although he himself often seemed rather rough edged. I didn’t even know he’d been working at CNN for 5 years.

I think the entertainment world is rather full of flawed individuals who have trouble coping with actual reality.

Maybe we should have another one of those big national “discussions” about mental health issues, just like with the school shooters, since the signs were obviously there for quite sometime. More than a decade in this case apparently.


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06/07/18

And the Washington Capitals win the 2018 Stanley Cup !!! Score 4-3 final. Vegas was ahead for a bit, but the Caps caught them. They took the series 4-1.

This is there first Cup win: “15,948 days after playing their first game, the @Capitals are #StanleyCup champions for the first time.” Which is 43 years I think.


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Morning Quickies

News Headlines That Make You Say Hmmm

•   Snake in car vent reportedly spooks Virginia woman rolleyes No kidding. How would you react if you’re driving along and suddenly a big old snake comes slithering out of your dashboard? The Mrs. here darn near levitated when she found a cute little garter snake here in the garden. “SNAAAAKE!!!” and she was up on the patio in 2 steps. At least this lady stayed cool long enough to pull over and snap a couple pictures.

A woman in Virginia reportedly got spooked earlier this week after a garden snake appeared from inside her car’s air vent.

The roughly two-foot reptile began to snake itself over a phone cord in the car after the driver, Lora Goff, spotted it on Monday by the vent, Fox 5 DC reported.

She said she maneuvered her car to the side of the road before dialing 911 and snagged a few pictures of her unexpected passenger, thinking to herself “nobody is going to believe this,” she told the outlet.



•  Scientists find dozens of hidden earthquakes buried under Antarctica’s ice rolleyes Riiight. I can imagine the interview: “Uh yeah, we just dug down in the snow, and there they were. Like a whole pile of them, just waiting to go off.” Because earthquakes are a physical thing you can lay your hands on, like giant land mines. Duh.

Hundreds of hidden earthquakes may be buried beneath Antarctica’s ice, new research suggests.

To prove that, nearly a decade ago, a team of scientists spent months flying around East Antarctica. Their results have finally been published, and they contradict an older established geologic hypothesis. [50 Amazing Facts About Antarctica]

Researchers used to believe that the weight of the massive ice sheets on the continent pin the crust beneath them in place, preventing it from moving.
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“Ultimately, the lack of recorded seismicity wasn’t due to a lack of events but a lack of instruments close enough to record the events,” lead author Amanda Lough, now an assistant professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, said in a statement.

Gosh, I’m no geologist, but maybe a mile or so thick layer of snow and ice doesn’t transmit vibrations all that well?  And maybe their instruments don’t work so well when it’s 100 below?

And ice, no matter how dense, weighs a whole lot less than rocks. And what’s another mile thick layer of rock to an earthquake? Nada. I think you guys need to come into the warming tent for a while; your brains are freezing.



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06/06/18

Yay, bowling blogging! It’s been sooo long! Meh, I rolled a 536 tonight, 11 over my current 175 average. Typical: one good game, one poor game, one just over average. Good enough for my new team to win 2 games and wood; we took 5 out of 7. One guy I know from years ago, but I haven’t bowled with him in ages. The other fellow is new to me. Much younger. And he goes through the frames fast. So unlike my winter league team. It was nearly bowling aerobics tonight. But we were done in just over 2 hours, so that’s not bad at all.

Now I just have to clean up my ball and let it bleed out some oil in the sun. I should dig out my IQ Pearls too, and get them going again too.



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Port wine runs red. P-o-r-t = L-e-f-t. Starboard is right, its light is green. The floor is the deck, the wall is a bulkhead, the ceiling is an overhead, and all stairs are ladders. There are no windows on a ship, only ports. Now dog that hatch and lay below.

Oncoming ships pass red to red, otherwise, somebody’s dead. “Front - bow, back - stern. If you don`t get it get it right, squirt, I’ll throw your ass out the little round window on the side.”

The bunny comes out of the hole, runs around the tree, and goes back down the hole. Gee, how tough can it be?

Less Than 17% US Navy OODs qualified without reservation to drive the big boats

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A three-month internal review conducted by senior U.S. surface fleet leaders found some or significant concerns with the ship handling skills of nearly 85 percent of its junior officers, and that many struggled to react decisively to extricate their ship from danger when there was an immediate risk of collision, according to an internal message obtained by Defense News.

Led by the Surface Warfare Officer School, officer of the deck competency checks were conducted on a random selection of OOD-qualified first-tour division officers (the newest officers in the fleet) in underway bridge navigation simulators fleet-wide between January and March. Of the 164 officers who were evaluated, only 27 passed with “no concerns.” Another 108 completed with “some concerns,” and 29 had “significant concerns,” according to the message, which was released by the Navy’s top surface warfare officer Vice Adm. Richard Brown.

Brown, who leads Naval Surface Force Pacific, termed the results “sobering.”

Hmmm ... I wonder if that bad smell in the bilge is affirmative action?


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Plea deal for DWS’ IT guy Awan in the works?

The curious case of Imran Awan, which sounds like an international spy thriller, is entering its third act. Awan was a congressional IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and he was finally fired just after he was arrested trying to fly to Pakistan last summer.

Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were charged last summer with bank fraud. They now appear poised to strike a plea deal with the Department of Justice. A plea agreement hearing is set for July 3 before U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan in Washington, Fox News reported Wednesday.

As I’ve dug deep into this case for my book “Spies in Congress” (out later this year), sources have made it clear that the bank fraud charges in this case, though very real, are just a way to hold the defendants.

Alleged theft of congressional equipment, massive data breaches of Congress members’ emails, likely espionage and more are all wrapped up in this case that involves data from 40 or more Democratic members of Congress.

Sources tell me that the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has been looking into this matter since well before Awan and his crew of Pakistani congressional IT aides were booted off the House computer network in February 2017.

Sources also say that investigators were particularly interested in whether anyone else in the congressional offices that all of these IT aides worked for was involved in alleged improper activity. This might include Rep. Wasserman Schultz, who was the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair when she employed Awan. It might also include former Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., who employed Awan when Becerra was chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Becerra is now California attorney general.

“The House Office of Inspector General tracked the Awans network usage and found that a massive amount of data was flowing from the (congressional) networks,” said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa. “Over 5,700 logins by the five Awan associates were discovered on a single server within the House, the server of the Democratic Caucus Chairman, then Rep. Xavier Becerra of California. Up to 40 or more members of Congress had all of their data moved out their office servers and onto the Becerra server without their knowledge or consent.”

Becerra left Congress in January 2017. Before he left, Capitol Police wanted a copy of the caucus server’s contents.

Becerra presumably told Imran Awan that Capitol Police wanted a copy of the server. What is known is that Awan did produce a copy of a server’s data for Capitol Police; however, after taking a look at the data they were provided, Capitol Police determined they were given a copy of data from some other server instead.

Lies, theft, spying, espionage, and subterfuge from the DNC boss’s hand picked and unvetted IT crew. Golly, that doesn’t sound too good does it now? Now let’s stir Hillary’s purposely unsecured server into the mix ... cross your fingers and hope it really explodes this time.

His spy crew had every last bit of data on at least 40 congressweasels, including all their emails. Crivens.


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Another Obama LIE

Gave Terrorist Nation Access To US Financial System, Against US Laws

Allowed Iran To Use USA As Money Laundering Center, And What Else?

The Obama administration granted a license letting Iran access the United States financial system despite officials’ pledges that they would prohibit it, according to a draft report from the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

“On Feb. 24, 2016, the Treasury Department issued a specific license to Bank Muscat to authorize the conversion of Iran’s rials to euros through ‘any United States depository institution …,’” the draft report said. “Even after the specific license was issued, U.S. government officials maintained in congressional testimony that Iran would not be granted access to the U.S. financial system.”

“The Obama administration during the negotiation of the Iran deal misled the American people,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), subcommittee chairman. “I think they did so because they were desperate to get a deal.”

When the nations involved in the Iran nuclear agreement implemented the deal, Iran had $5.7 billion in assets at Bank Muscat in Muscat, Oman, maintained as Omani rials, according to the subcommittee. Iran wanted to access that money, and using the U.S. financial system to convert it “was the most efficient means, even though U.S. sanctions prohibited it,” according to the report.

Government officials tried to convince two U.S. banks to execute the conversion. They both declined, citing the complexity and the unwanted appearance involved in processing an Iranian transaction, according to the report.

Without a compliant American bank, a senior State Department official said he believed Bank Muscat and Iran eventually used European banks to convert the funds, said the committee.

Portman said his subcommittee began investigating the transaction last summer. In an interview with an unnamed senior State Department official, the panel said, the official acknowledged that the administration “’exceeded our JCPOA commitments’ because there was nothing in the JCPOA that required the issuance of the specific license,” according to the report. (JCPOA is the acronym for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.)

A former administration official disputes the subcommittee’s conclusion, saying the Treasury Department never authorized Iran to access U.S. investments or markets, conduct commercial transactions in U.S. dollars or open correspondent accounts at U.S. banks.

“This specific license cannot be described as ‘granting access to the U.S. financial system,’” the former official said. “This specific license was in fulfillment of JCPOA commitments to give Iran access to pools of its money held overseas. It was aimed solely to allow the movement of Iran’s own funds stranded at an Omani bank into euros at a European bank, where Iran could then make use of them.”

So what happened here? Ojackass’s minions gave the terrorist mullahs permission even though they say they didn’t, and then two American banks wouldn’t do the transaction even after our government tried to strongarm them? So the terrorist mullahs had to use the Euro banks instead, which allowed the laundering, perhaps only because the USA was strongly behind it? But our side claims plausible deniability because the transactions didn’t take place in our computers? Gee, wow. So what did the towel heads need entire plane loads of pallets of $100 US bills for if they could go through an international banking network? Not that that has anything to do with this story. Except, terrorism.

Is this yet another lie from Odumbo’s goons playing CYA, or is this more Fake News from Faux Snooze? Depends what your definition of IS license is. Or news is. Or generic interpretations of government actions versus sub-atomic level hair splitting by a weaselly bunch of DC lawyers and partisan hacks. It’s beyond me, but if it involved Obama, Kerry, or Clinton, odds are it’s dirty and dishonest and generally anti-American.


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Bet they could do this every week in nearly every town in America

ICE Busts 114 Illegals In Landscaping Business

Rats, it was in Sandusky Ohio. Hey ICEy, look over here! Over here!!

More than 100 workers at an Ohio gardening and landscaping company were arrested Tuesday when about 200 federal officers descended on the business and carried out one of the largest workplace immigration raids in recent years.

The operation was part of the White House’s increasing focus on businesses that hire people in the country illegally amid a broad range of immigration crackdowns under President Donald Trump that include stepped-up deportations, targeting of sanctuary cities and zero-tolerance border policies.

The 114 arrests occurred at two locations of Corso’s Flower & Garden Center, one in Sandusky, a resort city on Lake Erie, and another in nearby Castalia. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it expected criminal charges including identity theft and tax evasion.

No criminal charges were filed against the company, but the employer is under investigation, authorities said.

At this point, my guess is that 93% of all the mower jockeys out there are illegals from somewhere south of Texas. And I might be guessing low.


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I got my “I Voted” sticker this evening. And I’m very pleased to say that I voted for the same guy twice tonight.

Legally.

See, out here in the rural townships, not only aren’t there enough Democrats to have somebody running for all the positions, there sometimes aren’t enough Republicans either. So this one guy who is up for re-election to the town council ( 2 candidates, choose 2 ) was also running for the county council ( 2 candidates, choose 2 ). He’s also the Mayor of our township. I didn’t even know we HAD a mayor until today. Every couple of years the township council picks a leader, and that person is called the mayor. It’s not a paid position. I learned this from talking to his wife, who I work with. He’s also the guy who came by on the holiday weekend and fixed my air conditioner in under half an hour. For cheap. That’s my kind of guy.

So we had our primaries. The big thing come fall will be for the Senate, which will be between totally-corrupt-but-deadlocked-jury (D, of course) Bob Menendez against this Big Pharma gazillionaire (R, of course) Bob Hugin. So it will be a long hot summer of lying dirty nasty political ads everywhere. Gee, thrilling. Except NJ hasn’t elected a Republican Senator in something like 46 years.


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Is he that poor, or is he just that much of a greedy little dick? Yes!

Kim Jong Un wants to go the the meeting with President Trump in Singapore, but “can’t afford” to pay for his hotel suite. Seriously?

SINGAPORE — At an island resort off the coast of Singapore, U.S. event planners are working day and night with their North Korean counterparts to set up a summit designed to bring an end, eventually, to the North’s nuclear-weapons program.

But a particularly awkward logistical issue remains unresolved, according to two people familiar with the talks. Who’s going to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel stay?

The prideful but cash-poor pariah state requires that a foreign country foot the bill at its preferred lodging: The Fullerton, a magnificent neoclassical hotel near the mouth of the Singapore River where just one presidential suite costs more than $6,000 a night.

The mundane but diplomatically fraught billing issue is just one of numerous logistical concerns being hammered out between two teams led by White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin and Kim’s de facto chief of staff, Kim Chang Son, as they strive toward a June 12 meeting.

After weeks of uncertainty, President Donald Trump called off the summit last week, blaming “open hostility” from North Korea. But a flurry of diplomacy across two continents got the meeting back on track, and Trump said Friday that he would attend as initially planned.

When it comes to paying for lodging at North Korea’s preferred five-star luxury hotel, the United States is open to covering the costs, the two people said, but it’s mindful that the North may view a U.S. payment as insulting. As a result, U.S. planners are considering asking the host country of Singapore to pay for the North Korean delegation’s bill.

“It is an ironic and telling deviation from North Korea’s insistence on being treated on an ‘equal footing,’ ” said Scott Snyder, a Korea expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Still, the heavily sanctioned and isolated government has a long history of making bold monetary demands.

The darker side of me would like to see Whoa Fat and his delegation staying in tents at a local campground. Or sleeping on the streets in cardboard boxes. If he can’t afford a decent hotel, or even a plain hotel, then go on the cheap. And leave your pride behind, coming to the meeting like a sorrowful beggar, hat in hand. Which is how it ought to be. Or maybe, he shouldn’t have built quite so many atomic bombs and missiles? Or maybe had his slave population create some product that would sell internationally and bring in some revenue? Sure, it’s great to be the tyrant, but it sucks being the top dog over a nation of fleas. Starving fleas too.


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Hey, it’s voting day in lots of places, so get out there and let your voice be heard.


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No blogging from me yesterday and not much today or maybe even tomorrow.

I spent all day yesterday trying to get the gardens in shape. Pulled a bunch of weeds, planted 5 dozen flowers, dug up a bunch of soil and then sifted it and enhanced it. Lots of progress but I was pretty tired after.

Today will be a sanding and varnishing day, working on those outdoor railings here in the condo park. There’s 75 of them to do, so that’s quite a bit of work. Sadly, everything here is a band-aid job, so they didn’t give me any wood restore or deck cleaner to use to get some of the weathering off. Just some sanding blocks, a couple of really garbage paintbrushes, and some exterior gloss polyurethane with stain built in. So I got my own varnish brush, paint thinner, and sand paper. The railings are regular interior stairway railings mounted in the covered stairs at the end of the buildings. They’ve been exposed to the elements are most are at heavily weathered at least halfway up. I’ll do the best I can with that. But wood restorer is the better way to go. Along with fresh stain, lots of sanding, and several coats of epoxy varnish. Which would cost a lot, and take forever to do in place. So get real Drew. And put a band-aid on it.

More of that tomorrow, and probably every good day this summer. We’re looking at 3 hours per railing if each one gets a couple coats.

Oh, and they talked me into joining summer bowling league on Wednesday nights. I actually wanted to do it anyway, but she didn’t, do we didn’t. And it was nice to have a few weeks off. So I’ll do 12 weeks out of the 15 week short season. Good enough.


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Drive it like you stole it

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what is that, a ‘69? A ‘68? Charger, Roadrunner? Lo back split bench seats with a fold down armrest, automatic PRNDL indicator on the steering column, manual windows and steering. Aftermarket wheel and B&M floor shifter I think.


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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

Once in a while having a clearer understanding of the Fair Use Doctrine can come in handy.



What it is: LINK 1



Here’s a checklist: LINK 2



Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3


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Remember, at BMEWS it is always our intent to educate our readers in a non-profit manner.





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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

We mopped the floor with our opponents last night, taking all 3 games and a total margin of over 100 pins. They were 2 points ahead of us in the standings, but 6 down from the team ahead of them, so our 7-0 win gave us their slot in the standings but wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap into the top 4. So we finished in 5th, and were rewarded a kingly $40 per person. Sweet. Yup, another 3 weeks and we would have been knocking on 1st place. Still, considering we were dead last by 4 points just 7 weeks ago, I think we came back real strong.

I’ve got a couple of new balls on order; the alley’s summer time discount of 40% off created a better price including drilling than any of the online shops would sell me the same balls for without drilling. Sweet.

Winter league starts in 2 weeks. I’m just going to put those balls aside for a little while, not even have them drilled, until I get my release a bit more squared away. I’ve got to my axis tilt and rotation more where they ought to be. Seems like I can either rev the ball up and throw it straight, or rip threw it on the release and get a totally horizontal axis - ie a spinner. Both can make strikes, but neither will hook much at all, so I’m never going to get the kind of entry angle that a big hook shot gives. And that means consistent strikes with a big safety margin. That’s not me. Not yet.





Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/25/2016 at 12:50 PM    avatar
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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

Two new kids on the high school bus early in the morning. Neither was on the grade school bus last year, so they either moved here over the summer or else they escaped from parochial schools and are now experiencing public education for the first time. Woo hoo.

An entire zoo full of little squeakers on the grade school bus. I counted 20 but I don’t think all the kids made it in this morning. And it was helicopter parent time. Oh boy, both mommy and daddy showed up to put junior on the bus, and they got there early with babies in tow to give themselves lots of time to record this momentous event. Even the grandparents were there for a couple of the kids. So in a matter of minutes, I went from total isolation to being ring master for a crowd of almost 70 people. And then, once the individual pictures were taken, the group pictures were taken, the parents only pictures for Facebook were taken, the littlest army filled up half a school bus ("Oh look, how cute! She’s reaching up to take that big first step onto the bus. Get her picture, get her picture!!"), and away they went. An exodus of SUVs and minivans ensued, of size and speed that would make Peiper’s UK Travelers proud. And then it was lonely silence again.

Looks like it’s going to be a good day to paint garages. Now until frost actually.





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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

Five hundred plastic, blue-pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clintons stood on tables across from 500 “Make America Great Again” red hat-wearing Donald Trumps—a stare down, but with plastered smiles on their bobblehead faces. Tuesday night marked the third Bobble Election at Haymarket Park, held in honor of the upcoming presidential election.

Saltdogs’ fans cast their votes by choosing a free bobblehead before settling down for a game. Whichever of the 500 bobbleheads ran out first was the winner.

Charlie Meyer, president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs, said the poll wasn’t about politically dividing baseball fans but having fun and satisfying curiosity: Will Trump or Clinton be the last man or woman standing?

“It’s been a heated race, and I think it will get much more heated once we get closer to November,” Meyer said. “But this is a fun deal.”

Besides entertainment, Meyer said they hoped to raise awareness by reminding people who haven’t registered to vote to go do so.

It’s 6am, home after a long day (night? Gotta love 3rd shift) at work, and I miiiiiight have made that bourbon & Coke a little stronger than anticipated (Wild Turkey 101, was finishing off the bottle)
This story made me smile. 





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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

Rule 34 is the internet rule that says that some kind of porn exists for everything. Shoes, puppies, blueprints, Swiss cheese, rare books, anything. And if porn doesn’t exist for it, the mere mention that such is the case will cause porn to be created for it.

After making my previous bridge post, I stared at my work and eventually realized there was a girl in the picture. Hiding half the truss, thanks. Fine. If that’s how the game is played, let’s go. I knew of one picture right off the top of my head. I even knew the model’s name. So to the search engines, and I plug in “Ariel bridge”

and what comes back is ...


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Not what I expected, but both awesome and abhorrent in its own right.

Awesome, because what you’re looking at is a bowstring truss bridge, made from both wrought and cast iron (like I just wrote about) and utilizing our old friend the Phoenix Column. This means the bridge is older than I beams, but younger than the Civil War (because after the war the Phoenix Iron Company turned swords into plowshares almost literally and used their cannon building technology to make rigid braced hollow tubing that could be easily assembled on site; ie the Phoenix Column). And this particular bridge is given superb coverage by my fellow bridge hunter Nathan Holth. Awesomer, because it’s a “WIBCO”; a bridge made by the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge now lives in a park in Mt. Vernon Ohio, so maybe our friend Turtler can go and visit. Google found it for me because the bridge is funded by the Ariel Foundation. Figures, right?

Abhorrent because the bowstring truss is very strong, so it was a total diss to just nail the thing to the side of a walkway - not even a bridge, just a wooden path with railings on pilings!!! - to make it look like a bridge. This little arch could support a steam locomotive, even though it’s 140 years old. Also abhorr - ok, not really abhorrent, just a bit embarrassing, because the pictures I was looking for all came back in the search too; every one of them already stored in the back room here at this blog. Oh the photos are out there galore; I’m just the only one who renamed them to name the subjects.

Here’s what I was looking for ... mildly NSFW, plus a few others similar, because this is a Rule 34 post after all.





That’s Ariel, she’s on a bridge, and the picture is bloody huge if you save it.

Hey, you knew there’d be redheads involved. They’re always trying to pop up everywhere here.
Ok, a few others, mostly “artistic”. Go find the hardcore ones yourself.

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Huh, look at that. A little pop-up window. Thought they were all disabled. Wonder what happens if I click on it?

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Hey, hey, what’s happening here? I’m losing control of my PC!! Windows opening everywhere!!

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Now wait just a goldarn minute here! There ain’t no bridge in that last pic! (assistant whispers in ear, bringing Drew up to date) Oh, it’s called a bridge? Fine. But enough.

Rule 34: give them an inch, and they’ll try and sell you some cream to make it 9 inches.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 05:40 PM    avatar
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full countered Pratt pony

Yes, it’s finally time for another bridge post.


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Counters are the diagonal members running in the opposite direction. They help manage shear stress. By using the full set of counters you get a bridge made of “X"s, which is very good at supporting transitional loads ... like when a locomotive drives up one end of the span, across it, and off the other end. This is also the very best reason to use forged steel components, because steel can handle switching from tension to compression, which wood and iron can’t. Wood is always weak in tension, cast iron is weak in tension, and forged iron is weak in compression.

Too cute ... the model’s name is Bailey. Like the Bailey bridge? Maybe she has a sister named Bridge-ette.

Woo hoo!





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borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.






Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.





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under the knife

That does it. The cat is going to get fixed. I can not take it any more.

Dizzy the cat, the mostly blind one, is in heat. Again. Every 4 god damn weeks, I swear. And she’s a very talkative cat to begin with. Which means now I’ve got Opera Cat, doing her full-throated arias all over the house. All day, all night. For days.

Would. You. Please. Shut. The. Flying. Fuck. Up!!!

It doesn’t matter how much she gets petted, or rubbed, or brushed, or played with, or snuggled, or fed. Or anything. A minute later and she’s at it again. 3 in the morning and she jumps up on the bed and starts howling.

Lucky for her she really isn’t trying to get out of the house. Because I might just be too tempted to let her. But more kittens is the last thing we need around here.





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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating

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Only in Japan!! Or by mail order!!! $42 at Japan Trend Shop

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel





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bazinga!

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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

We took 5 last night, going 5-2 against the first place team. Not quite enough to knock them off their throne, but enough to give it a big wobble and leave them vulnerable in the finals next week.

I got to play hero twice, putting myself totally in the zone the last few frames of each game to try and pull out a win. That worked in the first game, where I just fixated on the 2nd arrow and threw 9/ X XXX to finish and put 80 on the board for a fat margin win. Tried as hard as I could in Game 2, rolling X X XX9 to add 89 to our score; not enough for a win, but enough so that we lost small, by only 12 pins or so. It wasn’t really necessary in Game 3 because we were well ahead anyway, but I still did X XX9 just for gits and shiggles. I ended the night with a 557 series, which is about where my bowling ought to be.

Next week ... position round, and the parsing of the money. Money honey, woo hoo. Yeah, like $5 each. Ain’t no money in summer league honey.





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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

On the off chance anybody checks out the Left Coast and can’t escape in time to eat their meals elsewhere, I know a number of good suggestions I might list if people are interested.

Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but now I have an announcement to make. And while I have been drafting posts about both the Iran Ransom and the Olympics (and how politics and cheating go hand in hand), but the big news I have to give is closer to home.

I am still committed to this blog and the Great Cause of our time, but tomorrow- possibly today for you- on August 17th I will be moving halfway across the country. I don’t make it a secret that while I am a man of the right, I have also been a Californian born and raised. And what’s more, someone that has lived on the dread, died-in-the-wool-left Coast itself. My parents came from the Middle of the country decades ago to live here, and I have lived here in this house my entire life.

Now I am doubling back on the path tread by them, the “Okies”, and the Miner 49ers and moving to Ohio. I have my misgivings about My Grandmother is getting on in years and could use our help, and above all the costs of uprooting from the home of 20~ years and moving halfway across the country to a place I scarcely know are less than the costs of staying. Taxes are high, a criminally insane water policy has all but insured drought will strike again, the “law” tried to abolish concealed carry, and I still remember the times when Bernie’s Brownshirts attacked a Trump Rally down the street while two married Jihadists slaughtered a Christmas Party.

This would be the chance where the jokes about the Far Left Coast would come up. But in all due honesty… I feel they’re mostly out of place for me personally. I am NOT blind to California’s innumerable flaws, chief among them the dual facts that it seems committed to being re-annexed by Mexican drug cartels and the fact that it has helped elect every Leftist president we have been cursed with. But the California I knew was generally good to me on the whole. Even with a hideously corrupt school system and government. The neighborhoods were good, The food’s delicious (especially if you know where to look), the climate’s generally above par (though anybody who thinks it shines all the time has never shivered in 30 degree F weather in the middle of Fall of in Santa Clara). And perhaps most surprisingly… almost everybody I have met- and I mean almost everybody- from school on was friendly or neutral. And hard as it may seem, many people know about my political and philosophical beliefs- including in school- and were accepting of it, sans a few individuals (two or three of whom I am proud to say I helped fire).

So on some level I think a part of me will always belong to here, even long after I leave. It is the land of my childhood and nothing I can do will change that. And I suppose I can see why many people might be drawn in by the warm, fuzzy glow of a Leftist, progressive utopia. After all, my life has largely been a demonstration of its’ better sides (to the extent that oxymoron exists).

But even then the underlying rot crept up from the cracks. That was all too obvious from when one of my (married) math Co-Teachers was arrested and dragged off for shagging a student, probably with the knowledge of the Principal.  Even though his wife also worked on the very campus. But more damning was the bitter, encrusted corruption that lies at the top of the school districts and how my parents had to use their legal skill and positions in the PTA to fight a years long, savage battle with a system run by people who will screw over their students- including the disabled- in order to serve themselves. The fact that I was framed for defusing a situation with a history professor blocking the door and physically threatening me was probably the nadir of it. And I think it mirrors the dozens of ways=- from water infrastructure to sanctuary cities to drugs to forest ires- that this dream fails. How it crumbles when even a handful of people with black hearts, greedy natures, avarice, or simple incompetence get high enough on the food chain, and how no amount of resources, Godly mercy, or well intentioned people are around.

I was just one of the ones lucky or blessed enough to not suffer the full consequences. The brilliant VDH has made a long, long series of posts that show a fuller story. It’s well worth reading, just in case you thought you knew everything about Leftist Lunacy.


So, what next for me? I don’t know. But regardless of what happens I do know I can look forward to one thing. Ohio’s a swing state, and we’re moving in time for voter re-registration for the General Election. Which means for whatever I’ve given up, I will have the chance to do something I really never have done before. Cast a vote in the General Election that might make a non-trivial difference. And ultimately, why else was America founded?

In any event, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things.





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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Well duh, of course having Americans building, owning, maintaining, and crewing the ships that go from one US port to another raises the price of goods a tiny bit. If we had a bunch of beaner boats crewed by Mongolians, Greeks, and Filipinos like most international shipping, the wages would be even more pathetic and the ships run down to rusty hulks. And it would even easier to sneak in spies, terrorists, and Democrat Commie agitators. I’m not usually a fan of protectionist legislation like the sugar subsidy, but I think I’m in favor of this one.  HOWEVER I can see modifying it a bit to keep it modern: it should not apply to American territories, protectorates, or states that are islands and more than 25 miles out to sea, or to coastal states that are not contiguous or adjacent to other states or territories by more than 50 miles.  In other words, create a loophole for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Somoa, USVI, and Puerto Rico.

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones

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Hey, this one’s only red on top and on the bottom. Wait, um, never mind.  red face




Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.

The LNG-ready West Virginia can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joining sister ships Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 and 2016 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.

Like its sister ships, West Virginia is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product. The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The

vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the charterer.

If converted to run on LNG, then this ship would have practically no carbon footprint. Well, “no footprint” relative to 600’ cargo ships of 50Kdwt. But aside from a sailboat, that’s as clean and green as it gets.

The Jones Act is a 1920 bit of protectionist legislation properly called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that says “keep American shipping American”, from the beginning to the end. It’s all about “cabotage”, a most excellent and rare word, that means the exact opposite of “NIMBY”. It’s total “IMBY”: it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there’s a paragraph in there requiring the steel used has to be mined and refined here, and any wood grown and worked within our borders. Jones Act, Fuck Yeah!

cabotage:  a requirement that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Super Patriot John McCain tried to nullify the Jones Act in 2015.

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Big Red

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Ain’t she a beauty? That’s a Lockheed 5B Vega from 1928. This the 22nd model 5B Vega built, and it became an unique variant when the wasp B engine was replaced with a 420hp supercharged Wasp C engine of 22 liters displacement (1343 cu in). At the same time the engine was replaced, many of the 7 passenger seats were removed to make room for a nice big gas tank that held 420 gallons. It was in this flying barrel of petrol that Amelia Earhart set off to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic on May 20, 1932. She mostly made it; her intended destination was Paris, but Ireland made a great place to land when things started going wrong ...

Her plan was to fly all the way to Paris, but after her altimeter had failed, encountering adverse weather, including heavy icing and fog, a fuel leak, and a damaged exhaust manifold, Earhart landed in a field at Culmore, North Ireland. The distance flown was 2,026 miles (3,260.5 kilometers). Her elapsed time was 14 hours, 56 minutes.

A lone, astonished farmer saw her land.

Amelia cut the switches, climbed out of the plane, and, as the man approached the plane, called out, “Where am I?”

Danny McCallion replied obligingly and with excruciating accuracy. “In Gallegher’s pasture.”



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Later that year, Earhart flew the Vega to another record. On August 24-25, she made the first solo, nonstop flight by a woman across the United States, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. The flight covered a distance of 2,447 miles and lasted about 19 hours.

The aircraft now resides in the National Air and Space Museum. Right click the pictures here for much larger versions.





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rats

Dang, nobody posted nothing today.

Hey, we won 5-2 at bowling last week. And Wednesday is our last day of competition; the finals are next week. We’re up against the 1st place team, and if we stomp them they’ll drop like a rock. We’ll never take the lead, but at least we can trash their dreams and enjoy the schadenfreude. Nasty? No, not really. They really aren’t very good bowlers. They’re in the lead because they get such a huge handicap from everyone. If we can get our duckies in a row again we can drop kick them right off the lanes.

Weather for Wednesday night will be cooler and drier. Still warm but not the rain forest kind of swelter we’ve been having. Which is actually typical NJ summer time. Steam bath. Hmm. So maybe that will mean the lane oil will be a bit tackier, and break a little early for a change? An active back end? Cool. That’s just what we want.





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